Gendered Design in STEAM: A Virtual Research Portal

Program Summary

Gendered Design in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) for Low-and-Middle-Income-Countries (LMICs) is a program funded by the International Development Research Centre and facilitated by Carleton University. Goals of the program include contributing to more inclusive technological designs in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math by building capacity in gendered design and innovations. These are new or improved products and processes designed using sex and gender analysis, generating substantial benefits for society and advancing gender equality.

Within the context of this program, Gendered Design is defined as reflecting upon and incorporating gendered considerations when designing technological-based solutions, applications, methods or processes. This especially pertains to women, who are too often underrepresented and/or overlooked in technical and design fields. For this call, proposals for designs that are led by women, or directly or indirectly benefit women in light of their lived experiences, perspectives and histories will be prioritized. At the same time, this program is intended to be exploratory in coming to terms with what gender and design can mean within different geographical and national contexts. We therefore encourage all potential applicants to carefully consider and articulate how their proposed project falls within the category of ‘Gendered Design’ in respect of their unique LMIC context.  

Responding to gaps in gendered research and design, the program seeks to:
Carleton University, in close collaboration with multidisciplinary experts in Canada and LMICs, manages and coordinates the primary activities:The call for expressions of interest and projects will be open to select LMIC countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The call will ask applicants to submit to either one of two Streams:

Stream 1:  case studies and/or narratives of past/ ongoing experiences, both unsuccessful and successful.
Stream 2:  prototypes coupled with case-study research that will result from Research-through-Design and Speculative Design processes.

The program team and other collaborating experts will provide successful applicants with the necessary support, mentorship and guidance to refine their ideas and research, while also affording applicants the opportunity to build partnerships (formal and informal) with experts at Carleton University and other partners in Canada and the Global South – as well as among themselves. Applicants will be required to submit an expression of interest pertaining to innovations linked with STEAM fields, followed by an invited formal proposal, with a particular, but not limited interest in applications in the following sectors. 
Duration of program: April 2019 – March 2022 (36 months)
Lead Institution: Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Co-Principal Investigators:
Bjarki Hallgrimsson, Director, School of Industrial Design, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Carleton University
Dominique Marshall, Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Carleton University
Program Coordination: 
Chiara Del Gaudio, Assistant Professor, School of Industrial Design, Carleton University
Beth A. Robertson, Postdoctoral Fellow and Program Director, Department of History and School of Industrial Design, Carleton University
Program Facilitation: 
Heloise Emdon, Carleton International
Regional & Gender Advisors: 
Emmanuel Mutungi, Lecturer and Department Head, Art and Industrial Design Faculty of Vocational Studies, Kyambogo University
Amina Mire, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University
Yoko Akama, Associate Professor, Communication Design, School of Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Raquel Noronha, Adjunct Professor, Head of Design and Technology Department, Federal University of Maranhão 
Coordinator Assistants:
Najeeba Ahmed, Master of Design, School of Industrial Design, Carleton University
Carla McCutchin, PhD Candidate in Communication, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University

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¹ Londa Schiebinger, “Introduction: Getting More Women into Science and Engineering,” Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering, ed. Londa Schiebringer (Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2008), 4; Londa Schiebinger, “What is Gendered Innovation?” Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering & the Environment, Stanford University and the European Union, 2011,    
² Schiebinger, “Introduction: Getting More Women into Science and Engineering,” 4

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